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Georgia’s Ex-PM Appointed as EBRD Advisor

By Tea Mariamidze
Wednesday, September 26
Former Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili has started working for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on the position of an international advisor.

According to the media outlet BMG, Kvirikashvili signed the contract with EBRD several weeks ago and he will help the Uzbek government create a dialogue platform between the public and private sectors.

Kvirikashvili held the post of Prime Minister of Georgia from December 30, 2015, to June 13, 2018. He resigned due to the internal disagreement between the Georgian Dream (GD) ruling party, adding his views were totally different from the founder and the Chair of the party, Bidzina Ivanishvili.

Prior to becoming Prime Minister in December 2015, he served as Vice Prime Minister (2013-2015) while serving as Foreign Minister (2015) and Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development (2012-2015).

To encourage broad-based economic growth, Kvirikashvili initiated a four-point reform plan focused on enhancing the business environment, reforming the educational system, developing regional infrastructure, and promoting good governance.

Previously, Kvirikashvili served as a CEO at Cartu Bank and Principal at Lenzie Fisher Hendry LLC.

He has also held positions at First Commercial Bank, United Georgian Bank, and Trade Invest Bank. He served as a Member of Parliament from 1999 to 2004 and a team leader of the Parliament's working group on Georgia's accession to the WTO. He also completed several international consulting projects, advising on pension system reforms, financial sector reforms and bond market development.